Daily Bread for 11.25.19

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of forty-eight.  Sunrise is 6:59 AM and sunset 4:24 PM, for 9h 24m 37s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 1.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand one hundred twelfth day.

On this day in 1863, Gen. Grant is victorious at the Battle of Missionary Ridge.

Whitewater’s Urban Forestry Commission meets at 4:30 PM, and the Whitewater Unified School District’s board meets at 6:30 PM in closed session with an open session beginning at 7 PM.

Recommended for reading in full:

Jennifer Rubin writes Time to call out and remove Putin’s propagandists:

Republicans are not “merely” violating their oaths of office for failing to support impeachment of a president who arguably has committed more serious “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” and acts of bribery than all his predecessors combined. None of them [of those predecessors] sacrificed national security to obtain a political advantage. President Trump has been disloyal to the United States, not only in giving Russia a leg up in its war against Ukraine, but also in broadcasting his propaganda. And for that, Republicans are just as guilty


If congressional Republicans have evidence our intelligence community is wrong, they need to present it. Otherwise, they need to be called out for deliberately assisting a hostile foreign power. It is up to mainstream media interviewers and every Democrat on the ballot in 2020 to directly challenge Republicans who, yes, engage in un-American activity.

In the case of Trump, he not only picks up the propaganda from domestic sources carrying Russian President Vladimir Putin’s water, which “worked its way into American information ecosystems, sloshing around until parts of it reached Mr. Trump”; he was duped right from the source speaking “with Mr. Putin about allegations of Ukrainian interference.” Whether the president is being blackmailed is unknown; what we do know is that he is a malleable puppet whose strings are pulled in the Kremlin.

Jacob Knutson reports Sen. John Kennedy repeats Ukraine conspiracy theory about DNC server:

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) reiterated a debunked conspiracy theory on “Fox News Sunday” that Ukraine may have interfered in the 2016 presidential election by hacking the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, despite consensus in the U.S. intelligence community that Russia was responsible for the attacks.

CHRIS WALLACE: “Senator Kennedy, who do you believe was responsible for hacking the DNC and Clinton campaign computers — their emails. Was it Russia or Ukraine?”
KENNEDY: “I don’t know. Nor do you. Nor do any of us.”
WALLACE “Let me just interrupt to say that the entire intelligence community says it was Russia.”
KENNEDY: “Right, but it could also be Ukraine. I’m not saying that I know one way or the other.”

Why it matters: Kennedy’s comments come after former National Security Council official Fiona Hill publicly testified in an impeachment hearing last week that the conspiracy is “a fictional narrative that is being perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”

(These Republicans spread Putin’s lies knowingly and repeatedly.)

The Sisyphean Solitude of a Migrant Shepherd:

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